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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 3, 2011 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: one pissed off Jerry

TDIH 1988 Jer's voice is shot and he's sick as a dog. For some reason he tries a crazy Fingers in the second set. It gets so bad that during Black Peter he actually slammed the mic down. In this version you can clearly hear the mic hit the floor. This is one tough night.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1988-04-03.nak300.carpenter.andrewf.89986.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Apr 3, 2011 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

Poor guy, that must have sucked knowing he could and should be doing much better. What can you do when health throws you a curve ball like that? Consummate professional that he was, he knew the show must go on. I mean really, the new Road trips is from 2 days earlier, on the 1st of April. That is a good show, I've had that on tape for years and years, and now on my computer. But listening to this one, well, it's kind of sad. But I'm sure playing that guitar really did make him feel better. Wish I'd have seen that smile. This was a show I could have probably gotten to if I'd have tried just a little bit more. And I really should have made the effort- especially a few days later to see the nearby Worcester Centrum shows, which I like a lot, and have some friends who went. I blamed it on being at college and not enough money, but damn!! I used that as an excuse for years. A real good Watchtower followed by a redeeming Black Peter. Actually a great setlist here with some of the seldom-paired songs like Stranger > Franklin's and Scarlet > Estimated. And Box of Rain for Encore, come on, what's not to love?


Set 1:
d1t01 - Touch Of Grey
d1t02 - Feel Like A Stranger ->
d1t03 - Franklin's Tower
d1t04 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t05 - Row Jimmy
d1t06 - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
d1t07 - Big Railroad Blues ->
d1t08 - Around And Around

Set 2:
d2t01 - Sugar Magnolia ->
d2t02 - Scarlet Begonias ->
d2t03 - Estimated Prophet ->
d2t04 - Eyes Of The World ->
d2t05 - Drums ->
d2t06 - Space ->
d2t07 - The Wheel ->
d2t08 - Gimme Some Lovin' ->
d2t09 - All Along The Watchtower ->
d2t10 - Black Peter ->
d2t11 - Sunshine Daydream

Encore:
d2t12 - Box Of Rain

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1988-04-07.sbd.miller.91163.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by polarized blue on 2011-04-03 23:47:34

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Apr 3, 2011 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

The Stranger>Franklin's came about because from about '77 until '83 Jerry could play the Help>Slipknot, but the rest of the band couldn't, and apparently due to his health problems, from about '85 to '89 the band could play them, but Jerry couldn't.

There was also the Half Step>Franklin's which is wrong on so many levels.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Apr 4, 2011 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

I'd be interested to hear more on this - is this just theoretical or is there some evidence?

One thing is known from 77 -83: Keith was in a downward spiral, finally let go, and Brent came in - regardless of our opinions, they must have rehearsed him extensively and liked what they put together.

If I had to guess - strictly mho - 1. they didn't get to rehearse Help/Slip enough, and by this point took some pride in putting on a professional show, or 2. they didn't feel like playing Help/Slip - they had other, newer songs that were obvious crowd pleasers.


But I would never guess that the band was UNABLE play it in that time period - we still have the core four (+ Mickey) firing on all cylinders.

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Apr 4, 2011 12:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

Those are interesting and likely theories about Help > Slipknot. I always wondered about that, but never looked into it. I just thought they got tired of playing it, or didn't enjoy it after a point.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Apr 4, 2011 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

Where did you come up with that?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 4, 2011 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

I was there. Not a good show. Except for the solo after he slammed his mike down. I was fairly close on his side and he was pissed the whole show. He would shake his head after many a sung verse/refrain, and he mood continued to decline with his voice.
15K people were riveted to him during that solo.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 4, 2011 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

I agree. I look at it as a missed opportunity. The big man's voice is down and the band opens the second set with a Playin'. You'd think they'd stretch it out and jam to keep Jerry off the mic. Instead it lasts 6 mins and goes into a Crazy Fingers which he had no business singing this night.

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Poster: Ridge8649 Date: Apr 3, 2011 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

I remember this clearly - but he wailed into that solo after the mic slamdown. Worst I ever heard him. It was also this show that the local paper criticized them for not playing their hit single, and the next night Bobby introduced the second set opener Touch of Gray with a sarcastic comment. There was a lot of backlash from this stand about how the Deadheads trashed Bushnell Park, and I believe the Dead donated $$ for cleanup. Weird, memorable times.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Apr 3, 2011 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: one pissed off Jerry

Sounds like Fozzie Bear choking on Kermit.

He's got a frog in his throat.